Happy Monday, and happy FOURTH birthday, Peanut! I can’t believe my little nut is four years old (as of yesterday) – pinch me! We had a great day. Had to jettison our original plan to take her to the National Zoo, because the weather was a little gloomy (although in retrospect, we could have gone in the morning – the skies didn’t open up until afternoon) so we went to Plan B – the Udvar-Hazy Center. We love going out to the Air and Space Museum near Dulles and checking out all the cool aircraft and spacecraft they have their – the Enola Gay, Concorde, the space shuttle Discovery, and so many more! Peanut and Nugget both enjoyed the heck out of the morning, and so did we. We’re settling back into life in northern Virginia and loving it, revisiting all of our favorite places and spaces. One of these days we’ll get around to unpacking – for now, we’re just soaking it all in.
As for reading, I’m cruising merrily along through my summer reading list, thanks to a return to commuting on public transportation. The Metro has been giving me about an hour a day (that’s thirty minutes each way, and not a bad commute at all!) of solid reading – and I can squeeze in even more after Nugget goes to bed, unless I unpack as I should be doing. I wanted to read a few Angela Thirkells this summer, and I have – after I wrapped up Wild Strawberries on vacation, I moved on to August Folly (perfect August reading, right?) and liked it very much, other than the fact that reading it made me play the song “Stacy’s Mom” in my head on repeat, and if you’ve read August Folly, you know why. Then I moved on to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was… fine, I guess. I love Harry Potter, so any Potter is better than no Potter, but this felt… forced. And unfamiliar. I’ll probably blog about it after I’ve had a chance to organize my thoughts. A somewhat disappointing return to the Potterverse had me craving more Thirkell, so I read Summer Half, which I think might be my favorite one yet. After I blew through the story of Colin Keith’s short-lived career as a teacher, I decided to cross an item off my summer list and picked up Cider with Rosie. I’m not far into it yet, but I’m enjoying it mightily.
Up next, after I finish Cider with Rosie… I’m not sure what I’m going to read. More Thirkell, maybe, or perhaps I will work on one of the three other books I have currently on the go (The Witches, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, and The Light Years) or something else entirely. After all this time spent in Thirkell’s Barsetshire, I’m craving a trip to Trollope’s version – so perhaps The Warden? I’ll have to see what mood strikes me.
On the blog: on Wednesday, a tribute to my FOUR-year-old nut, and on Friday, a vacation post. ‘Tis the season!
What have you been reading lately, my friends?